The Lyfe is Dope Jam Session is an annual multi-media arts experience. At Lyfe is Dope artists are able to express themselves through their individual talents and exhibits in the same room. The main event of the night is a concert loaded with only the best that the culture has to offer. Some of the previous participants have been, platinum artitst, Project Pat, GRAMMY nominated producer Drumma Boy, local legend Playa Fly, Kameron Whalum (Bruno Mars), and K97/iHeartMedia Program Director Devin Steel to name a few.
Leela James speaks the truth. Never mind hype or spectacle. The acclaimed recording artist appreciates the eternal qualities of an undeniable star — raw talent, musical substance and an authentic voice that’s timeless. While making his seventh full-length album, SLP2 [R&B Money/Atlantic Records], Tank posed a crucial question. “What does cutting edge R&B sound like in 2016?” he asks. He answered that question by crafting the long-awaited sequel to his influential 2007 opus, Sex, Love & Pain. That album not only provided a blueprint for the likes of Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and more, but it also debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and earned a Grammy Award nomination for “Best R&B Album,” while its #1 single “Please Don’t Go” became nominated for “Best R&B Male Vocal Performance.” Tank continues to make an impact as a songwriter, leaving his mark on pop culture at large.
Singer-guitarist Daniel Ash and drummer Kevin Haskins, who spent large swaths of the 80's and 90's performing together in the seminal acts Bauhaus, Tones on Tail and Love and Rockets have reunited to form a new band called #Poptone with Haskins' daughter Diva from BlackBlack. Poptone will perform the music from their three classic bands on tour in the U.S. this summer.
Hollywood Undead hail (unsurprisingly) from the streets of Hollywood, California, mixing brash hip-hop, rock, and minor metalcore touches with cocky posturing and thug attitudes. Owing much of their popularity and exposure to the social networking monster MySpace, the group -- whose members usually wear masks on-stage -- started as the musical project of J-Dog and Tha Producer in June 2005. The band's hotly anticipated fourth studio album, Day of the Dead, arrived in March 2015, and was preceded by the singles "Usual Suspects," "Gravity," "How We Roll," and the explosive title cut.
Curren$y's career flight plan has not come without a few layovers along his burgeoning career. Initially signed to fellow New Orleans rapper C-Murder's Tru Records in 2001, Curren$y was brought over to Master P's New No Limit Records in 2002 after the founder was sentenced to jail. From 2004-2007, Curren$y enjoyed a stint on Cash Money Records as part of Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment before venturing out on his own, releasing a series of mixtapes and focusing on his Jet Life apparell and lifestyle brand.
'SNAILS’ is a Montreal-based producer and DJ who pushes a forward-thinking brand of dance music combining hip-hop rhythms, dirty bass lines and off-kilter sound design. His latest original tracks that have all gone viral, “Dirty Raxxx”, “KRMT” and “SLUGZ” blend hypnotic melodies, huge drops and mind-bending sample manipulation into a tight, dance-floor friendly package. With heavyweights like Skrillex, Diplo, Datsik, Excision, Flosstradamus and many more supporting his fresh new sound, Snails looks primed to bring his unique take on dance and bass music to the world.
Alex Bugnon: Has been a prolific, energetic force on the contemporary music scene for almost three decades. A renowned musician, composer and bandleader, Bugnon hales from the picturesque town of Caux, Switzerland – 4 miles above Montreux, site of the world famous Jazz Festival.
Julian Vaughn: A dynamic lead bass player from Kansas City, bassist Julian Vaughn is rapidly becoming a major player in the contemporary jazz genre. Vaughn has made a name for himself as bassist in the smooth jazz genre which is dominated by saxophone players. Although the bass is often associated with funk, Vaughn likes to play with more of a finesse style as well as some funk.
His mass appeal continues to grow drawing vibrant, diverse, multi-generational crowds to his shows at the world’s most prominent festivals such as Coachella, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Bonnaroo and Primavera. A prominent journalist recently summed it up best when he wrote “in a millennium largely absent of anything new or captivating in the jazz idiom, Washington has just unleashed a musical hydra grounded in respect and intimate knowledge of the past and striking far out into a hopeful future.” Next up for Washington is the highly anticipated Harmony of Difference EP, due for release this Fall and his sophomore album slated for 2018.
Smith & Myers is an acoustic side project from Shinedown frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers. The project was born when the Florida band's marketing rep at Atlantic Records suggested they hold a contest online where fans would submit songs they'd like to hear the band cover acoustically. They received a huge response, eventually whittling down the submissions to an initial six, with four more to be revealed at a later date. Accompanied by YouTube videos of the two musicians performing each song, the (Acoustic Sessions) EP was released in early 2014 under the name Smith & Myers.
Figure is an Indiana based DJ and producer that is largely known for his Monsters series, which features bass music mixed with horror movie samples. Similar to Figure, Florida native Midnight Tyrannosaurus brings intensity to every performance with his raw dinosaur sounding synths, and heavy heart thumping sub bass. These two Dubstep heavy hitters are going on The Kreep Show Tour together, which will feature "Terror Vision" visuals and a special back to back set to close out the night.
Gabriel Sanchez fronts the country's most dynamic Prince Tribute Band, THE PRINCE EXPERIENCE. Playing all of the greatest hits from the Purple One himself, THE PRINCE EXPERIENCE has been packing dance floors and setting stages on fire for over ten years.
BT is an American DJ and producer in the electronica music genre, and is credited as a pioneer of trance and house styles that paved the way for EDM. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Electronic Dance Album in 2010 for These Hopeful Machines and has worked with great artist such as Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, Madonna, and more.
The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Julian Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to create musical history.From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured and performed before millions of fans worldwide.
Playing as many as 175 shows per year, Greensky Bluegrass have graduated to headlining status at some of the country's most iconic venues, selling out amphitheaters like Red Rocks and world-class auditoriums like the Ryman. They've become a regular name on the festival circuit, too, adding Bonnaroo, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Austin City Limits, Forecastle, and Outside Lands to their touring schedule. Supported by a grassroots audience whose members often travel for hours to see the band, Greensky Bluegrass are still a proudly independent act, enjoying the success of a major-label act.
You all have been waiting on the ORIGINAL ERIC GALES BAND featuring Eric Gales, Eugene Gales and Hubert Crawford... Well, your wish is our command! They have agreed to do 1 show on January 20, 2018 at the New Daisy in Memphis, Tn. So mark your calendars. Please get out and witness this historic moment. THE RESURRECTION REUNION.
Every time August Burns Red record an album, the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Pennsylvania quintet—John “JB” Brubaker [lead guitar], Brent Rambler [rhythm guitar], Matt Greiner [drums], Jake Luhrs [lead vocals], and Dustin Davidson [bass]—push themselves harder, raze expectations, and reach a new level. It’s why they’ve become a heavy music torchbearer. The musical equivalent of a clenched fist haymaker, the grooves hit harder, the hooks blaze brighter, and the instrumentation ignites even more intricacy as evidenced by lead singles “Invisible Enemy” and “The Frost.”
Before Mötley Crüe, before RATT, even before there was a Metallica, Y&T was slogging away in sweaty rock clubs around America. When the band formed in the early 1970s, little did they know they would set the standard for hard rock bands that trailed. Many of the biggest acts of the '80s became popular opening for headliners Y&T—and cut their teeth on the band, as evidenced by the Y&T mentions in tell-all books by acts such as Metallica and Mötley Crüe. Y&T's highenergy set and passionate performances still captivate legions of fans around the globe, proving Y&T's music timeless.
Jeff Abel, better know by his stage name Excision, hails from Kelowna, British Columbia. Armed with a library of destruction and filth, Excision has time and time again tested the limits of electronic music with vastly different sets that encompass a full range of genres. The things you see and hear during the time you are engaged by Excision’s performance will eclipse your mind for a lifetime, as you are constantly enlightened by the true fervor and energy that only The Paradox can provide.
George Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American musician and the principal architect of P-Funk. He was the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s, and is a solo funk artist as of 1981. He has been called one of the most important innovators of funk music, next to James Brown and Sly Stone. Clinton is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.
The SteelDrivers’ brand of bluegrass – intense, dark, poetic, and inescapably human – is a refreshing reminder of the timeless power of stringband music, and is captured perfectly on The SteelDrivers. Produced by Nashville ace Luke Wooten, The SteelDrivers was recorded mostly live on the studio floor, vocals and all. Its songs grapple with classic themes of regret, love, and redemption, from the escalating prison lament of “Midnight Train to Memphis” to the chilling murderer’s plea encapsulated in “If It Hadn’t Been for Love.” “East Kentucky Home” is a timeless traditional bluegrass lament, with its strains of homesickness, loss, and abandonment, but ingeniously reinvented with off-kilter rhythmic accents and a decidedly contemporary chord progression.